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   Education is woven into the fabric of School’s male and female basketball teams have
a particularly devoted local fan base.
Higher Education
Many of Garrett County’s high school graduates go to college at home, at Garrett College in McHenry or its outreach centers in Accident, Oakland and Grantsville. Likewise, many other county residents finish certificate programs or take non-credit courses to boost their workplace skills or enrich their special interests and hobbies. About 700 students
a year attend Garrett College, either full- or part-time.
Graduates of Garrett County Public Schools have a tremendous asset in the Garrett County Scholarship. This county-created fund offers free tuition for Garrett County students pursuing a full-time academic degree or certificate program at Garrett College.
The college and the school district also have a dual-enrollment program, offering 16 courses that yield high school and college credit. More than 220 high school students enrolled in these courses in 2018. Some are taught on the campus and others during the regular high school day.
Unlike many two-year community schools, Garrett offers on-campus housing on the McHenry campus, with a dormitory and apartment building that can accommodate about 200 students.
Reflecting its geographic location and employment opportunities, Garrett College offers associate “signature degrees” in Adventure Sports Management and Natural Resources & Wildlife Technology. Students also may pursue a bachelor’s degree in Adventure Sports Management, through a partnership with Frostburg State University.
More traditional courses of study include nursing, education, liberal arts, business administration and cybersecurity. Graduates in many of these fields continue at four-year institutions.
     Garrett County. The schools have strong ties to area businesses and organizations, enjoying many partnerships that prove beneficial not only to students and
teachers but also to everyone in the greater community — both residents and visitors.
With about 3,800 students in 12 schools, Garrett County Public Schools boasts test scores above the state average, a highly qualified teacher corps, reasonably sized classes and a nearly 93 percent graduation rate, also above state and national averages.
Private school options are limited to five faith-based schools with a total enrollment of 200 students. About 300 students are homeschooled in the county.
In addition to striving for high academic standards in all grades, the county schools maintain a robust career and technical education (CTE) elective curriculum intended to prepare students for jobs in Garrett County and in burgeoning career fields everywhere. The district’s CTE programs
are integrated into the comprehensive high school program and available to all students who choose them through the same process as other electives.
About 70 percent of Garrett County graduates complete a CTE curriculum in one of the interest areas — pre-engineering, agricultural sciences, metalworking or health careers,
for example — compared to about half that percentage in many other areas of the state.
Furthering its connection to the community, the school system has established a Work Ethic Diploma Program in response to
the Chamber of Commerce, beginning
in the 2018-19 school year. The program will emphasize a strong work ethic and
the importance of staying drug-free. Students meet criteria for attendance, work experience, team spirit and community service as well as academics.
The benefits of earning such a diploma include guaranteed interviews and higher starting salaries. Thirty-seven businesses are committed partners in the program. For more information, go to visitdeepcreek. com/pages/workethicdiploma.
Education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is
a high priority for Garrett County Public Schools. Northern and Southern Garrett High Schools field a team in the international FIRST Robotics Competition. The team has won numerous regional and state contests.
Garrett’s high schools also have many competitive athletic teams, including in wrestling and basketball. Southern Garrett High
Public Schools at a Glance
  Garrett County
 Student Enrollment
  Attendance Rate (All Grades):
 Drop-out Rate (Grades 9-12):
  4-Year Cohort Graduation Rate:
  Percent of High School Graduates Enrolled in College Within 16 Months of Graduation
 Maryland Accountability Scores (2018):
 Five-star Schools (highest score)
 Four-star Schools
 Three-star Schools
 Three-star Schools
  One-star Schools
   SAT Mean Scores (Class of 2018):
 Total Test Takers
 ACT Mean Scores (Class of 2018):
  Total Test Takers
   AP Scores:
  COMPOSITE (% scoring 3,4,or 5)
 Total Test Takers
      Source: Maryland State Department of Education 2018 Maryland Report Cards with Star Ratings, Garrett County Public Schools and National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). AP scores and drop-out rates are from 2017, which was the latest compilation of those statistics.
Garrett College has enjoyed a building boom recently. Its new academic building for STEM programming opened in late summer of 2018. The building includes classrooms and laboratories for physics, biology, chemistry, engineering and robotics. It is the only site in Maryland to house an Anatomage 3D virtual dissection table.
Work has also begun on the design phase for a Community Education and Performing Arts Center on the campus.  37

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